E.P. Carrillo New Wave (Brillantes) Review
Brillantes (5 x 50)
Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper
Beverage: Diet Dr Pepper
The stick is firm and well-made with a triple cap. The guillotine cut was effortless and clean.
This connecticut has the requisite pre-light scent of hay and some earth.
Pre-light draw is perfect; plenty of draw but just enough firm resistance so that you feel like you are drawing a cigar and not a giant straw.
Toasted and lighted with a single flame torch; the first taste is cedar and sweet hay and the finish is short. After the first half-inch smoke production is average, resting smoke is wispy but satisfactory.
First third was pretty mild as expected for most Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers but had good flavors of cedar and earth with a slightly sweet overtone.
Smoke output has increased.
The mid-point yielded more robust flavor notes and added a bit of spice.
I don't usually retrohale as the pepper tends to overwhelm me and doing so here really showed off a white pepper that gives me the same sensation you get with wasabi. This is a plus for those who want more complexity out of this cigar and like to do so.
The last third of the stick brought the strength of the cigar to the medium spectrum and the tobacco flavor become a lot stronger and the finish was longer.
This was a solid connecticut that had plenty of flavor. It was no cedar bomb but had plenty of interchange of cedar and earth, and it lacked the minty undertones that is prevalent with many other medium-bodied connies. While this makes for a less complex stick, it makes for a great change-up if you smoke connecticuts and gives something more straight-forward for any time of day you want to smoke it...even post-breakfast.